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Journal Article > Commentary
Eaton DJ, Byrne JP, Cosgrove VP, Thomas SJ. Br J Radiol. 2018;91:20170863.
Inappropriate exposure to radiotherapy can result in significant patient harm. This commentary explores safety incidents in radiotherapy and highlights underdosing and positioning problems as important considerations for radiology practice. The authors review existing guidance and evolving United Kingdom policy efforts to enhance the safety in radiotherapy.
Journal Article > Study
Jørgensen KJ, Gøtzsche PC, Kalager M, Zahl P. Ann Intern Med. 2017;166:313-323.
The overuse of medical care is increasingly recognized as a patient safety issue. Overdiagnosis can result in unnecessary use of medical care, subjecting patients to greater risk of harm. For example, in the case of breast cancer, screening may detect lesions that are not clinically significant, leading to further testing and unnecessary procedures. This study examined the impact of mammography screening on a cohort of women in Denmark. Researchers found that screening was not associated with decreased incidence of advanced cancer but increased incidence of nonadvanced tumors and ductal carcinoma in situ; the rate of overdiagnosis was significant. An accompanying editorial discusses overdiagnosis in breast cancer.